For more information about the Hayden Garden Club, call Tammie Delaney at Yampa Valley Feeds at 276-4250.
Steamboat Springs The Hayden Garden Club took on an ambitious agenda when it started a year and a half ago, and the group is making headway.
The club organized a summer farmers market downtown. It has started beautification programs, appeared in parades and shared knowledge and expertise at monthly meetings. But there's still work to do.
The next step, Tammie Delaney said, is building organization into the group. The club has met casually since March 2008, drawing six to about 25 people each time, she said. No officers have been elected, and the club doesn't collect dues. But the group is considering joining the National Garden Club network.
"The benefits of it is then having a national organization that enables us to have a nonprofit status but also networks us into all the other clubs nationwide," Delaney said. "So it's something we're looking into."
It's not that the Garden Club wants to straighten out into a formal affair. Several members sit on boards and commissions in town and enjoy the more flexible, fun atmosphere at the club, Delaney said.
"I think we can have it that way with some sort of foundation underneath to make sure in the long run we keep it going and have continuity," she said.
Delaney owns Yampa Valley Feeds in the old granary building in Hayden. Her store sells garden-related items and provides plenty of space for meetings and events. She's hosting a garden exchange Friday, for example, to allow people to trade produce.
The event runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and all are welcome. People can trade food if they have too much of something in their garden. Those who don't have anything to swap can take drinks or snacks to share, Delaney said.
Member Donna Hellyer is working on yet another Garden Club project. She and Anne Daugherty are heading to Meeker next week to find out how to create an American Indian garden at the Haven Assisted Living Center.
The Ute garden would provide a learning opportunity for Hayden residents of all ages, Hellyer said.
"When I heard about it, I got pretty excited, so we're going to go down to find out what will grow here," she said.
The Garden Club also would like to create a community garden and possibly a greenhouse. Those could be classified as dreams for the future, Hellyer said. The club has collaborated well with other Hayden groups to succeed so far, she said. That's part of its strength.
"Instead of all going off in different directions, we do it as a community," Hellyer said. "I think it's great."